The recognition of the long pediatric Covid, an obstacle course


DECRYPTION – Several weeks after infection with Covid-19, some children suffer from persistent symptoms. Associations and parents are fighting for the recognition of their condition, to put an end to chaotic care paths.

I had the Covid-19 in January. Since then, I have suffered from long-term Covid with the main symptoms of neurological disorders (memory, attention) and sleep disordersSays Alicia, 17. For some time now, researchers have been interested in discovering what would be a form of long Covid in younger people. In France, a Facebook group “Covid long children / adolescents», Created last October, brings together 1300 members and nearly 200 testimonials.

It is especially abroad that this question is studied by scientists. In Italy, Dr Danilo Buonsenso, a pediatrician specializing in pediatric infectious diseases at the Gemelli University Hospital in Rome, was one of the first to take an interest in it. “My colleagues, who were working on the adult Covid, noticed that a significant number of patients had persistent symptoms. Since adolescents are very similar to young adults biologically, I wanted to explore whether

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